Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Photo of the Berlin Wall
In A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space, traces the history of the Berlin Wall as a site of pilgrimage for American activists, writers, and artists. In this excerpt, Farber highlights the work of sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri, whose photographs documented the renovations and social realities of the Wall.
A multi-ethnic group of people seated in a circle conversation.

Photo: CJ Willis/Monument Lab

Paul Farber’s colleagues now joke that he is holding his meetings atop a monument.
"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

Interdisciplinary designer and associate professor at the Weitzman School of Design, Orkan Telhan was a consulting curator and commissioned artist for
Telhan’s project ”Fruits of Matadero” is a public commission by Matadero Madrid that will be on display through October of 2019.
Orkan Telhan would like you to try some fruit. Microbial fruit, grown in his design studio.
Beth Sholom Synagogue

(c) Darren Bradley Photography

When the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation approached David Hartt, assistant professor of fine arts, proposing that he cre
Ana Beatriz Valente Soares surveying her work
Ana Beatriz Valente Soares is both an architecture and fine arts student in the School of Arts and Sciences who expects to graduate with her bachelor’s this May. Hers is not a common double major, so she has worked hard to create a path for herself that checks all the boxes of her unique interests.
View through doorway to gallery with Postscript lettering on wall to right
What could you do with a 17 by 17 foot white room?
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
Michelle Lopez, Barricade, 2018

Michelle Lopez, Barricade, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston, New York

Opening on September 13, 2019, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) will present the first major institutional exhibition of Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Lopez. The exhibition will be on view at ICA September 13, 2019 through May 10, 2020.
Archival Photograph of the Mancos Common Press

Image from San Juan’s Skyway Magazine Summer/Fall 2019. 

Fank Matero was walking in downtown Mancos in January of 2013, past the old Mancos Times­-Tribune building on Grand Avenue. It was usually empty, so he was surprised to see an editor typing away inside. He asked if he could take a look behind the false wall of the building, which had always intrigued him. He was astonished by what he saw.
Mary Tasillo, studio manager of Common Press

Mary Tasillo, studio manager of Common Press

Last year, the Common Press, a letterpress and book arts studio founded at Penn in 2006 during the 300th anniversary celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, made a couple important moves. The studio, a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, the Penn Libraries, and Kelly Writers House, moved from the Morgan Fine Arts Building to the basement of the Fisher Fine Arts Library. And it hired its first-ever full-time studio manager, Mary Tasillo.
Ulises, the bookshop opened by Kayla Romberger along with Lauren Downing, Nerissa Cooney, Gee Wesley, and Ricky Yanas.
Leading by Design explores the work of PennDesign alumni, faculty members, and supporters of the School who are expanding the practice of art and design to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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